Blu-ray Review: Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - Live at the Roxy 9.25.14

Slash goes back to his roots in this killer performance.
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The legendary Roxy in West Hollywood, CA, has loomed large in Slash's career. Not only is it the place where he and his new band, Slash Featuring Miles Kennedy & the Conspirators, played some of their earliest gigs, it is also one of the key locations in the early days of Guns 'n' Roses. In 2014, Slash went back to his roots, playing some of the clubs where he got his start, including a blazing night at the Roxy. The show was filmed, and makes up the new Blu-ray Slash Featuring Miles Kennedy & the Conspirators - Live at the Roxy 9.25.14.

The show opens with the AC/DC-esque opening licks of "Ghost." The intro quickly gives way to a hard-driving groove. The band is tight, both here and throughout, and Slash gives a tasteful lead on this strong opener. The Guns 'n' Roses classic, "Nightrain," follows. Myles Kennedy does his best Axl Rose impression, hitting all of the song's high notes in impressive fashion. Slash trades lead guitar licks with Frank Sidoris in this potent rendition.

"Back From Cali" showcases an intricate, fingerpicked intro from Slash and a soulful vocal from Kennedy. Slash gives a killer lead on this bluesy track. The group slows down the pace on "Bent To Fly," a moody track, featuring strong vocal harmonies.

While the band's performance of the Guns 'n' Roses song "You Could Be Mine" is pretty paint by numbers, their rendition of "Rocket Queen" is anything but. The middle portion goes into an extended, bluesy breakdown that really showcases Slash's growth as a player since the song was first released. While never a "hit" for GNR, the song proves a powerful centerpiece of an explosive set.

The group brings the pace back up in a big way with "You're A Lie" and "World On Fire." Both are blistering rockers with powerful vocals and great lead work from Slash and show that his new material fits in alongside his classic numbers. Before anyone forgets Slash's past though, he closes out the set with Velvet Revolver's driving "Slither" and a triumphant rendition of "Paradise City."

The video is well filmed and presented in 1080p High Definition Widescreen 16x9. Audio options include LPCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio. A number of songs are included as bonus features, including the groove-laden "Stone Blind."

Slash has proven, not only as a member of Guns 'n' Roses and Velvet Revolver, but also as a solo artist to be one of the major forces in rock and roll. Slash Featuring Miles Kennedy & the Conspirators - Live at the Roxy 9.25.14 is a strong set that celebrates this rocker's storied career.